Geoffrey Scott, known best for his work as publisher Sky Rumson on Dark Shadows and tennis pro Mark Jennings, Krystal’s first husband on Dynasty, has passed away at the age of 79.
Geoffrey Scott — A Soap Veteran
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scott’s wife Cheri Catherine Scott revealed the actor died at midnight on the day after his birthday in Broomfield, Col. He passed away after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Sporting one of the top mustaches of the ’80s, Scott also had runs on daytime, playing David McAllister on General Hospital in 1989 and Billy Lewis on Guiding Light in 1994.
He also racked up quite the resume of TV commercials, becoming a recognizable face for Marlboro, Old Spice, and Maxwell House Coffee among his 100-plus appearances.
Other TV credits include HBO’s football-themed comedy, 1st & Ten, CBS’ Concrete Cowboys (replacing his mustache brethren Tom Selleck who originated the role in a TV movie), and The Secret Empire. His last credit according to IMDB was playing the president in Eric Bana’s version of The Hulk in 2003.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, on the same street where John Wayne and Clark Gable lived, Scott was signed by an agent early in life and quickly landed a deal with Universal Studios. His breakout role came when he joined the cast of Dynasty in its third season.
During his run with the show, he had memorable scenes with both Linda Evans and Joan Collins, as he fought to win back Krystal and eventually started working for her nemesis, Alexis. When Mark was pushed off a terrace to his death, the show had one of its classic Who Done It’s, and though Alexis seemed like the prime suspect, the killer was Neal McVane, who donned a wig and a gown, sneaked up behind him on the terrace, and pushed him to his death.
According to his wife, Scott retired from acting after 45 years and moved to Colorado to pursue skiing, his lifelong passion. In addition to his wife, he is survived by twin sons, Christopher and Matthew. Soap Hub sends condolences to his family, friends, and fans.